Request for National Interest Exception for a Current Visa Holder

IMPORTANT UPDATE: If you were approved an NIE within the past year and you will be traveling for the same purpose, your NIE validity has been automatically extended from a single entry to the United States within 30 days to multiple entries within 12 months from the date of approval.  You do not need to contact U.S. Embassy Brussels and we will not be providing updated approval notices.  Please visit this website for full details.

Due to overwhelming demand and in order to focus our limited staff on U.S. citizen services and the highest priority visa cases, we are no longer able to provide an estimated response time for new NIE requests received via email.  If you have a life and death emergency, please use the subject line EMERGENCY NIE Request: [Your surname].  Please note that business trips will not be considered emergencies and such requests will be processed in the regular queue.  We appreciate the importance of U.S.-Belgian economic ties and we regret that we are not able to process NIE requests more expeditiously at this time.

Presidential Proclamation 10143, related to reducing the spread of COVID-19, suspends the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Schengen Area during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. Certain travelers seeking to provide vital support for critical infrastructure, and qualified travelers seeking to enter the United States for purposes related to humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security can be granted a National Interest Exception (NIE) to the proclamation. First, review the Embassy’s webpage Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States regarding your purpose of travel.  For more information about NIEs, please see the Department of State’s webpage COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions.

If you have an urgent need to travel to the United States and you believe you may qualify for an NIE after reviewing the above information, email BrusselsVisa@state.gov with the subject line NIE Request: [Your surname]. ONLY send this email if you meet ALL of the below conditions. We will not process your request if these conditions are not met.

  • I have a valid visa (or ESTA approval **)
  • I am currently in Belgium
  • I am a Belgian citizen or resident of Belgium

Please submit the requirements which correspond to your visa type and request. We will review your request as soon as possible, but please note that we cannot guarantee that your request can be granted. We may ask you for follow up information via email.

B visa
  • I attached scans of the valid visas of all travelers and
  • If I am not a Belgian citizen, I attached a scan of my Belgian residency card
  • My request is for personal reasons (please explain and attach any relevant documents, such as a letter from a doctor)

Or

  • My request is for business reasons (please explain and attach a letter from your company)
E visa
  • I attached scans of the valid visas of all travelers and
  • If I am not a Belgian citizen, I attached a scan of my Belgian residency card
  • Confirm that you are still engaged in the same business as your approved visa, with a brief
    description of that business

Or

  • My request is for a dependent to rejoin the principal visa holder in the United States (Note: the dependent must already have a valid visa and you must be planning to stay in the United States for a minimum of four weeks)
J visa
  • I attached scans of the valid visas of all travelers and
  • If I am not a Belgian citizen, I attached a scan of my Belgian residency card
  • I attached a scan of my DS-2019
H, I, L, O, P visas
  • I attached scans of the valid visas of all travelers and
  • If I am not a Belgian citizen, I attached a scan of my Belgian residency card
  • My request is for business reasons (please explain and attach a letter from your company)

Or

  • My request is for a dependent to rejoin the principal visa holder in the United States (Note: the dependent must already have a valid visa and you must be planning to stay in the United States for a minimum of four weeks)
 Visa Waiver / ESTA
  • I attached scans of the ESTA approvals of all travelers and
  • I attached scans of the passport data pages of all travelers and
  • If I am not a Belgian citizen, I attached a scan of my Belgian residency card
  • My request is for personal reasons (please explain and attach any relevant documents, such as a letter from a doctor)

Or

  • My request is for business reasons (please explain and attach a letter from your company)